Rifle Disposal Site

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Connects: Government Road (CR 13), Estes Gulch, Hogback Ridge Trail

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Rifle, CO – Historic

The Rifle Disposal Site is a 71-acre radioactive tailings disposal mound built by the Department of Energy for the interment of 3.5 million cubic yards of material from two former Union Carbide uranium mill operations near Rifle, CO.

More information about the Rifle Disposal Site can be found at:
U.S. Department of Energy Long-Term Surveillance and Maintenance Program – Rifle, Colorado, Disposal Site
The Center for Land Use Interpretation – Rifle Disposal Cell

A sign at the site reads: (Click to expand)
“RIFLE, CO
URANIUM MILL TAILINGS REPOSITORY
NO TRESPASSING
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENGERGY
24-HOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER (970)-248-6070

www.LM.doe.gov

A plaque on the ground reads: (Click to expand)
“Rifle, Colorado
Date of Closure: April 26, 1996
Dry Tons of Tailings: 4,967,451
Radioactivity: 2,738 Curies, RA-226”


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